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Dorothy Runner

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Volunteer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Bright Colors
Favorite Food:
Beef, Vegetables, Fish, Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/6/1920
Birth Location:
Nitro, West Virginia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Volunteer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Bright Colors
Favorite Food:
Beef, Vegetables, Fish, Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/6/1920
Birth Location:
Nitro
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Biography

Civic volunteer Dorothy Runner was born on May 6, 1920, in Nitro, West Virginia; she attended segregated Dunbar Elementary School in Charleston, West Virginia. Runner was an active member of the B-Squares girls service club in a high school, where a significant number of teachers had graduate degrees from Columbia University. Runner graduated from Henry Highland Garnet High School in 1937; that same year, she entered Howard University. While at Howard, Runner joined Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and was elected Ms. Gridiron. Runner was mentored by Howard's noted theologian, civil rights activist and mystic, the Reverend Howard Thurman. Earning her B.A. degree in social work in 1941, Runner went on to pursue graduate study at the University of Chicago under the guidance of Robert Hess.

While in Chicago, Runner met and married Dr. Charles Runner; she then worked briefly at Provident Hospital before beginning to raise a family. In 1951, Runner moved to Germany where her husband was stationed as an Army physician. While raising her two daughters, Runner's parental activities led her to heightened civic involvement. Active as a member of the AKA's, the Girlfriends, and other women's organizations. Runner developed her friends and associates into a useful network for social change.

Runner served as a board member of the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Urban Gateways; through her participation as a member of the New Provident Foundation, she raised $100,000 for Provident Hospital's Building Fund. Runner received the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the National Society of Fundraising Executives in 1985. Runner was a founding member of the South Side Auxiliary of Planned Parenthood and helped establish the 63rd Street Outpatient Clinic; she was also a founding member the Hyde Park\Kenwood Auxiliary of the Illinois Children's Home and Aid Society. As a member of the board of advisers of the Museum of Science and Industry's annual Black Creativity Exhibit, Runner continued to be a valuable contributor to the community.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dorothy Runner Interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dorothy Runner's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dorothy Runner details her family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dorothy Runner discusses her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dorothy Runner remembers a racist incident in her youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dorothy Runner gives more information about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dorothy Runner shares her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dorothy Runner reflects upon her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dorothy Runner details the strong neighborhood bonds of Charleston, West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dorothy Runner recalls a Jim Crow experience on the train
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dorothy Runner remembers her elementary school days
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dorothy Runner discusses the impact of neighborhood segregation on education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dorothy Runner recalls her involvement in school and church activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dorothy Runner recalls a high school mentor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dorothy Runner discusses Dr. Howard Thurman's guidance in her life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dorothy Runner describes the racism she experienced at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dorothy Runner reflects upon a childhood study she conducted at University of Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dorothy Runner discusses her involvement with several organizations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dorothy Runner talks about how she met her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dorothy Runner recalls her daughters' early educational experiences and later success
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dorothy Runner discusses her involvement in various Chicago organizations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dorothy Runner describes her interest and involvement in the arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dorothy Runner details her concerns for black urban youth in Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dorothy Runner shares the role of religion in her life and in the community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dorothy Runner discusses her relationship with the Illinois Humane Society
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dorothy Runner explains parental involvement and its influence in early childhood education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dorothy Runner offers her opinion on corporal punishment of children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dorothy Runner shares her methodology for avoiding child abuse
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dorothy Runner shares her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dorothy Runner discusses the Black Creativy program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dorothy Runner reveals she isn't much of a politician
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dorothy Runner contemplates her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dorothy Runner considers how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Photo - Dorothy Runner and husband Charles Runner, wedding day, 1945
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Photo - Dorothy Runner and members of the Urban Gateways, ca. 2001
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - Dorothy Runner, John Hope Franklin and others
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - Dorothy Runner and husband Charles Runner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - Dorothy Runner and members of The Girlfriends, 2003
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - Dorothy Runner and members of the Girlfriends, ca. 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - Ann Collins and unnamed officers of The Girlfriends
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - Dorothy Runner's mother Lillian Walker, ca. 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - Ricardo Millett's daughter Maya and unidentified woman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - Anne Steptoe and Hanna Gillespie
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Photo - Dorothy Runner and unidentified group of women
  • Tape: 4 Story: 18 - Photo - Dorothy Runner's husband Charles Runner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 19 - Photo - Dorothy Runner and Margaritte Hodge, Germany, ca. 1953-1954
  • Tape: 4 Story: 20 - Photo - Portrait of Dorothy Runner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 21 - Photo - Dorothy Runner and her daughter boarding an airplane, ca. 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 22 - Photo - Dorothy Runner and members of the regional office of Soc. Serv. Mental Hygene, Chicago, Illinois 1951
  • Tape: 4 Story: 23 - Photo - Dorothy Runner and unidentified girl
  • Tape: 4 Story: 24 - Photo - Dorothy Runner's friend Veonas Bera
  • Tape: 4 Story: 25 - Photo - Dorothy Runner's parents Hobert and Lillian Walker
  • Tape: 4 Story: 26 - Photo - Alvin Ailey dancer Denise Jefferson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 27 - Photo - Dorothy Runner's daughter, Dr. Susan Runner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 28 - Photo - Dorothy Runner's grandson Benjamin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 29 - Photo - Dorothy Runner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 30 - Photo - Collage of Dorothy Runner and other Northeasterners